“What I Wish I Knew” Panel

Please join us on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 6PM in 026 Hosler Building to hear from energy industry leaders and participate in an interactive panel discussion.


Topics covered:
  • Employability skills
  • Advice for current PNG students
  • Leadership and soft-skills tips
  • Differentiating yourself in the industry
  • Career advice, and much more!

Our Panelists:

Tony Gaudlip

Vice President of Operational Planning, Range Resources

Tony Gaudlip is a native Pennsylvanian with nearly 20 years of domestic and international oil and gas experience, having served in a variety of technical, operational and management roles. Tony’s career in oil and gas has taken him around the globe, working in South Texas, Wyoming, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Pakistan, United Kingdom and Indonesia – all before the Marcellus Shale discovery allowed him to return back home to Pennsylvania.

Tony joined Range Resources in 2008, and has held several positions within the company. In his current role as Vice President of Operational Planning, Tony is responsible for coordinating the efforts of several functional groups associated with the budgeting, forecasting, planning, permitting and development of Range’s assets in Appalachia and North Louisiana.

A resident of Washington County, Tony is a husband, father of three and an Army veteran and former non-commissioned officer. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.  

Mike Haas

Former GM of Assurance for Global D&C, Chevron

Mike received his B.Sc. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University in 1978. He is married, has three children, and currently lives in Houston Texas.

Mike joined Chevron in 1978 as a Drill Site Manager working in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). He worked in the Drilling and Completions (D&C) function domestically for the first 14 years of his career. Assignment locations included Lafayette LA, Denver CO, Casper WYO, Houston TX, and New Orleans LA. Work assignments included field Drill Site Manager positions in land and offshore locations, various engineering roles including Division Drilling Engineer assignments, and Drilling Superintendent positions.

Mike was also assigned to Chevron’s Drilling Technology Center (DTC) in Houston TX during this period. In that assignment he was responsible for the engineering group in support of various technology projects. Later he was responsible for coordinating global training as head of the training group.

In 1992 Mike joined Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc. He worked the next 19 years in various D&C Management positions in foreign assignments including West Australia Petroleum, TengizChevroil in Kazahkstan, Chevron Thailand, and Chevron Nigeria. Work environments were very diverse with many technical and cultural challenges.

During this same period Mike also held the position of International D&C Sponsor for the function. As international sponsor he was responsible for managing processes associated with international personnel transfers and placement.

Mike transferred to Houston as General Manager – D&C Resources in 2011. In that position he was responsible for managing all Global D&C personnel related processes. In 2013 Mike accepted the position of General Manager of Assurance for global D&C. This new group was tasked with developing and deploying processes to reduce risks associated with well control incidents.

Mike retired from Chevron in 2017 after 39 years of service.

David Payne

Vice President for Global D&C, Chevron

David Payne is Vice President of Drilling and Completions for Chevron. He assumed the position in May 2006 and is based in Houston, Texas.

He began his career with Getty Oil Company in Santa Maria, California in 1981. Prior to his current position he was the Drilling Manager in Bangkok, Thailand. He has held various engineering and management positions in California, Trinidad and Tobago, Louisiana, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Mr. Payne graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

Mr. Payne is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has served in various roles for local chapters including section chairman in Santa Maria, California. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Houston Food Bank.

Oleg Tolmachev

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Eclipse Resources

Oleg Tolmachev previously served as the Company’s Vice President, Drilling & Completions since February 2013. Prior to joining the Company, from April 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Tolmachev served as the Senior Asset Manager, Utica Shale with Chesapeake Energy Corporation where he was responsible for leading an asset team comprised of land, geology, drilling, resource development and operations for Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s Utica Shale projects in Ohio. Prior to joining Chesapeake Energy Corporation, from August 2008 to 2011, Mr. Tolmachev held the position of Group Lead Completions, Mid-Continent Business Unit at EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. where he managed well completions and intervention operations in its Barnett Shale, Deep Bossier and East Texas Haynesville Shale business units. Mr. Tolmachev received his Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Kirby Walker

Director of Reservoir Characterization, CNX Resources

Kirby Walker received his B.S in Petroleum, Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1993.   He worked for Schlumberger for the first 20 years of his career in many different operational, management and technical capacities in South Texas, Alaska, Venezuela, Russia and the Appalachian Basin. After ~2 years at Chevron ETC, based in Pittsburgh, he moved to Consol Energy, now CNX Resources, where he leads the Reservoir Characterization team responsible for subsurface modeling.

Throughout his career his concentration has been in the technical realm crossing the reservoir, completion and production engineering disciplines. For the past 12 years this has been focused on the Marcellus and Utica shales of the Appalachian basin.

He is active in SPE and held the position of Chair of the Pittsburgh Section from 2009-2014. He has held client courses on Reservoir Management, Candidate Recognition and Hydraulic Stimulation Design.